I was there back in 1997, loading up my shiny beta disk for this thing called UO...Ultima Online. A new concept for a graphical game where players from all over the world could play together at the same time, see each other, fight each other, trade in virtual items, etc.
The entire world was going to be dynamic. If people killed too many sheep, the dragons would then come to town and start eating people, etc.
My new v92 modem warmed up and it was my first step into a world that would change the direction of my life. UO, then SWG, then Second Life, where I met my future wife (real life).
UO celebrates its 14th birthday this week. Hail to the King.